Courts in Iowa
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Iowa's courts include District Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa's 99 counties are divided into 8 districts, each having a District Court that handles the majority of cases, including small claims, juvenile, mental health, violation of city/county ordinance, criminal, probate, domestic relations, and general civil cases. If you appeal a District Court decision in Iowa, it will be reviewed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The Iowa Supreme Court is the state's highest court and hears appellate court appeals.

If you're seeking information regarding Iowa court records, you can visit, Iowa's online docket record search website. This website provides information including case titles, a list of filings, and child support and fine payments, as well as a copy of the court docket. Additional information, including case schedules, exhibit lists, bonds, and lien indexes is available for an additional $25 monthly charge. Copies of Iowa court documents aren't found on this website. If you're seeking copies of Iowa state court records, you'll need to contact the clerk of court office for the county in which the records are held.
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23, Nov 2014 - St. Paul man charged in 1977 Iowa murder seeks dismissal
The lawyer for John Bloomfield of St. Paul is asking an Iowa court to dismiss his case, and he intends to use travel records to show that his client, accused of murdering his wife 17 years ago, has an alibi.
23, Nov 2014 - Johnson County drug court receives nearly $200,000 federal grant
IOWA CITY — The Johnson County Adult Drug Treatment Court has received a two-year grant for $192,528, which will provide employment services to offenders and help them move forward after completing their court sentence. The federal grant through the U.S. Department of Justice is aimed at enhancing the drug court program, which is a partnership among the Johnson County Attorney’s Office, the 6th ...
23, Nov 2014 - Kossuth, IA Gold E. Lochs faces jury trial
ALGONA—On Wednesday, Nov. 26, Iowa Legal Aid will once again be presenting the case of The Three Bears vs. Gold E. Lochs at the Kossuth County Courthouse.
23, Nov 2014 - Webster, IA Citing juror bias, court orders new trial in death
IOWA CITY — An appeals court on Thursday ordered a new trial for an Iowa man convicted of murder in his best friend’s death, saying a juror’s Facebook contact with the victim’s mother and other actions showed improper bias.
23, Nov 2014 - Webster, IA Citing juror bias, court orders new trial in Iowa death
A court says an Iowa man convicted of murder in his friend's shooting death will get a new trial because a juror showed bias towards the victim's family.
23, Nov 2014 - Iowa judge upholds 50-year prison sentence for man
An Iowa judge has upheld a 50-year prison sentence for a man convicted of robbery and attempted murder.
23, Nov 2014 - Sioux City, IA County inmates in Sioux City lose cable TV
Inmates at the Woodbury County Jail in northwest Iowa will have to survive without cable television.
23, Nov 2014 - Benton, IA Driver gets 75 years for fatal Iowa crash
A Texas driver who killed two adults and a toddler in an Iowa crash has been sentenced to 75 years in prison.
23, Nov 2014 - Cedar Rapids, IA Cedar Rapids man’s trial in HIV related case rescheduled
CEDAR RAPIDS — A trial has been reset to December for a Cedar Rapids man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2011. A judge ordered a delayed in proceedings last month to allow attorneys for Eddie Jones, 37, to file an interlocutory appeal, asking the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn 6th Judicial District Judge Mary Chicchelly’s ruling. Chicchelly allowed a prosecutor to amend the ...
23, Nov 2014 - Iowa Workforce judge files formal union complaint
An Iowa Workforce Development judge ordered demoted last week by an arbitrator has filed a formal complaint saying local union officials failed to protect her rights as a union member.
23, Nov 2014 - Dubuque, IA Iowa Court rejects bank robber William Clayton's appeal
A court is upholding a minimum 35-year prison sentence for one of two Iowa men convicted of robbing a bank and shooting two officers during an attempted getaway.
22, Nov 2014 - Story, IA Man arrested near White House with rifle waives hearing
WASHINGTON - An Iowa man arrested for having a rifle near the White House waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday in District of Columbia Superior Court.
22, Nov 2014 - Madison, IA SENTENCED: 25 years for Kristen Smith, who kidnapped her newborn nephew Kayden Powell
MADISON (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Colorado woman who kidnapped her newborn nephew from a Wisconsin home and left him outside in freezing temperatures in Iowa to 25 years in prison. Kristen Smith faced anywhere from 25 years to life. U.S. District Judge James Peterson gave her the minimum 25 years on […]
22, Nov 2014 - Tama, IA Court suspends license of Cedar Rapids attorney 
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids attorney was suspended last week by the Iowa Supreme Court for failing to cooperate with an audit and investigation of her client trust accounts. Sheree Lynn Smith, a lawyer who mostly practiced family law, was issued a notice of delinquency Aug. 18 by the Client Security Commission based on her failure to comply with a rule requiring attorneys to cooperate with an ...
22, Nov 2014 - Judge finds Iowa teen not guilty by reason of insanity in killing of 5-year-old foster brother
A judge on Friday found an Iowa teenager not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of his 5-year-old foster brother, after the teen testified that he had powerful fantasies and thought at the time that he was killing a goblin.
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